Richard T. (“Rich”) Hume has served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tech Data and a member of the company’s Board of Directors since June 2018. In his role as CEO, Rich is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and oversees all aspects of the company’s extensive global technology distribution operations.
Rich joined Tech Data in March 2016 as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this role, he led the strategic direction and go-to-market execution of the company’s regional operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. Rich played a key role in Tech Data’s transformational acquisition of Avnet’s Technology Solutions business, overseeing its completion and integration while developing a new global strategy for the combined company.
Prior to joining Tech Data, Rich was with IBM for more than 30 years, most recently serving as General Manager and COO, Global Technology Services. In this role, Rich was responsible for the operations of IBM’s $32 billion infrastructure and outsourcing services business. Prior to this role, he served as General Manager, Europe, successfully leading IBM’s $27 billion, multi-brand European organization. Rich also served as General Manager, Global Business Partners for more than three years, directing the growth and channel development initiatives for IBM’s Business Partner Channel. Over the course of his IBM career, Rich also led the company’s System X Servers, Global Inside Sales and North American PC businesses, and served as COO for the Global Consulting business.
Rich holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.